So it turns out I’m a better digger than block layer. That’s just fine because there is farming for me to do and our returning team member Bri is extra enthusiastic about construction. Bri and I made a fantastic concrete team for supervisor Bert, but I have laid down my float for a paint brush and a seeder. Despite the cold temperatures and what seems like constant rain, there is plenty of farm work to do and a fresh coat of paint for the design studio!
This winter was empty of construction projects: a calendar clear of big manual labor allowing for more day trips, lots of marketing and analysis, and a simpler schedule. Clearly this is past tense. Present tense brings the announcement that Stonecrop Farm is constructing a brand new, twice the size, improved layout walk-in cooler.
We’ve been toying with the idea for a year or more (one quarter of its life span) but hesitated because the perfect location just wasn’t clear. We brought in the experts — my mother in law and my daughter — to point out what they saw as obvious. It belongs here!
By “here” they meant the hillside outside the current packing house. By “here” they were pointing to an embankment of clay held in place by a beautiful stone wall.
Bert and I saw an undesirable task.
It took 80 small loads of clay and dirt shoveled little by little over a three week period to take it easy on our wintering selves, but thanks to the help of my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, and Stonecropper Bri (who got to help finish it off) we did it. And now the fun begins. We get to dig footers.
On a day like today, don’t pictures like these do you a world of good?
Stonecrop Farm is accepting reservations for the 2019 Flower Share. It’s a subscription of beauty and joy. Get it for yourself or someone else. Sign up for one of three options:
- the Spring Share for 4 weeks in April and May
- the Summer Share for 20 weeks running May to October
- the Addict Share which combines both spring and summer shares and adds bonus weeks in between
Find out exact dates and prices here, but simply put, you pay now to help us cover our winter farm bills and then you get bouquets for weeks. Or weeks and weeks. Or even weeks and weeks and weeks!
Some folks say that deciding which of the bouquets to select is the most exciting part of their Wednesday.
A share makes a great Valentine’s Day present. For a mom that has everything, a share makes a great Mother’s Day gift. Unlike roses from the store, our flowers are grown right here and not shipped in from overseas. They are grown without sketchy chemicals. Their purchase supports a family farm in your neighborhood.
Call us with questions, send in a check, or purchase your share online.
A sincere thanks from the Stonecrop Team.
We are stunned by the speed at which the calendar pages are flipping by. It’s the time of year we start analyzing — what will we change for next year? What flowers are on the chopping block? What vegetables can we not live without? How can we make communicating with clients simpler? Sometimes we get so caught up in the “next” that we forget to appreciate the “now”. But that’s life for everyone, isn’t it? Here are some of those now moments captured by our crew members.
These photos capture perfectly the feeling that our days consist of picking and making, picking and making. They’re great days, and our customers make us feel like they’re all worthwhile.
For those of you that might have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a ring box in your stocking or hiding in a pocket during a special New Year’s Eve dinner, allow me to plant the seed of an idea. You should get married in Giles County.
Where do you go for an amazing hike, a special meal, or to get to the river? Giles County. Where would you like to gather with your friends and family to celebrate the start of your new life together? Giles County.
So many venue options to fit your vision. Tiny rustic ceremony? Lovewell Lodge — amazing views and a sweet little cabin in which to get gussied up. Hot summer wedding? Doe Creek Orchard where you say your vows against the backdrop of a working orchard and then relax in the air conditioning of the packing house for an elegant dinner. Winter wedding? Trip the lights fantastic in the stone lodge at Mountain Lake where you can stay all weekend long with your special guests. Tiny elopement or intimate second wedding? Why they are ready for you at the Inn at Riverbend. Big Shindig? There’s a brand new wedding barn — Walker Creek Retreat — constructed by the talented folks at New River Outdoors where you have a panoramic view of all surrounding mountains and counties complete with a catering kitchen with outstanding food. Why, here in Giles, you can get hitched and then jump in a tube and float away together at New River’s Edge. You can get married in an amphitheater with seating for 180 of your closest friends at another brand new venue, Kairos Resort, where you can stay overnight in the Honeymoon Yurt.
Get your groom on board by booking a Saturday morning fishing or boating expedition with the boys through Tangent Outdoors or New River Outdoors. You can be sure they’re having a great time while you primp and prep with the ladies while drinking sustainably produced wine from Giles Mountain Vineyard. (I recommend the Duet — a Cabernet Franc/Chambourcin blend made with grapes grown guess where!) Rehearsal dinner quandry? Why not take them to the Palisades Restaurant — that’s where you go with special guests.
And to top it all off, I know where you can get locally grown flowers.
Find out more at virginiasmtnplayground.com where there are even more venues and more details to help you plan the weekend of your dreams!